I want to start by saying that it's definitely worth it to attend the parade. That being said, we should have gotten to the parade route a lot earlier than we did, and probably should have purchased seats, rather than standing along the route. It was far more crowded than I was expecting, and I hadn't realized in advance that the parade was two hours long! Still, the performances were amazing, and the performers were well practiced and put on the best shows. We were able to get many pictures and even some videos, but only stayed for about 30 minutes before walking to the festival. Two hours is just too long to stand in one spot.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship between the United States and Japan. One of DC’s largest spectator events, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, is a vibrant springtime tradition set against the backdrop of DC’s most iconic landmarks along Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the one mile Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship, seen only once a year during the Festival. From the National Archives to the Washington Monument, spectators are wow-ed by the pageantry and excitement that is the nation’s premier springtime parade. Tickets for Grandstand seating start at $20, but standing room along the route is free. The 2019 parade begins at 10:00 A.M. until Noon along Constitution Ave, from 7th to 17th St NW.